Ari Brown – Groove Awakening
Delmark DE 5011
Compact Disc (2013)
Chicago is known as a jazz city that carries on the tough tenor tradition. The blues feeling was always an important element for the great tenor sax players like Gene Ammons, Von Freeman, Eddie Johnson, Red Holloway and now that they are all gone it’s Ari Brown that is the leading torch bearer. Groove Awakening contains three dedications: “One For Ken” is for Chicago jazz pianist Ken Chaney who passed recently, “Give Thanks (Song For Gerri)” is for Ari’s mother-in-law, who made her transition after the main recording for this album was complete and “Freebop For Mal” is dedicated to the late Delmark artist Malachi Thompson. On this, his fourth Delmark album, Ari is accompanied by brother Kirk Brown, piano; Yosef Ben Israel, bass; Avreeayl Ra, drums; and Dr. Cuz, percussion.
Also available; Ultimate Frontier (Delmark 486); Venus (Delmark 504) and Live At The Green Mill (Delmark 577, DVD 1577)
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